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Leah Duncan’s Texan-inspired collection for O’Neill

Photo courtesy of O'Neill
Photo courtesy of O’Neill

Visit graphic artist and illustrator Leah Duncan in her hometown of Austin, Texas, and she'll probably treat you to some delicious, authentic Mexican fare, a little sightseeing through the brightly colored city buildings, and a jaunt to a quaint supply store to shop for handmade piñatas. It's far from the imagery we so readily associate with Texas (i.e. deep fried Oreos and bad bolero ties), but it's the kind of folk-meets-modern rustic charm that seeps into Duncan's illustrations.

It's no wonder we're absolutely smitten with Duncan's upcoming capsule collection for O'Neill's women’s line. After all, it's feminine and delicate, a mixing and matching of dusty, South Western-inspired hues and imagery from her Native American roots.

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"I was thrilled when O'Neill contacted me to work on an exclusive design," Duncan says of the spring collaboration, available online and in select stores early next year. "I knew the free-spirited feeling of O'Neill and the beach lifestyle in general would translate well into my artwork. I hope O'Neill girls everywhere love it. I know I can't wait to wear the goods myself!"

Said O'Neill girls will get to choose from the woven gauze Leah dress or the combed cotton Ryder backpack—both cut from the same hazy purple print—or opt for the worn-in look and feel of the Duncan tee, which features a custom screen-printed Cherokee design. We're ready to kick up some dust (and invest in some real-deal cowgirl boots) already.

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